Scott Monge's Advice on How to Find the Right Attorney
If you have found yourself in a complex a legal problem, it’s time to think about hiring an attorney. With so many attorneys out there to choose from, it is not easy to find the right one. Before you start thinking about referral sources, it is imperative that you narrow your search down to attorneys who specialize in the field of law where you need help. That way, you will be able to work with an attorney who can properly offer strategic advice and apply specific skills to solve your problem.
Thankfully, there are numerous sources to help you locate an attorney. You may first learn of an attorney by browsing the Internet or skimming through television channels. In addition, many people tend to ask friends and family for recommendations.
Considering the importance of working with an attorney that you trust and feel comfortable with, there are many online lawyer directories available to assist you in this process. The top online lawyer directors are Avvo.com (as previously mentioned in another article of mine) and Nolo.com. Both websites allow you to connect with local attorneys based on location and the type of legal case at hand. Such profiles will feature information about the attorney’s experience, education, fees, client reviews and more. Furthermore, Avvo.com and Nolo.com only list attorneys that hold a valid license and are in good standing with their bar association.
Realistically, most people have to utilize a variety of sources to find the right attorney. If you think you have found your match, it’s time to assess said attorney’s general philosophy of law and their perspective of the client-attorney relationship. During your interview with a potential attorney, he or she must be able to convey a sense of trust, comfort and open channels of communication. A quality attorney recognizes the importance of maintaining effective communication throughout every step the relationship, making it a point to always provide clear instructions and finding ways to reduce the client’s stress. If you are unsure as to whether or not this person is reliable at the end of the interview, it is time to keep looking!